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By Ethan Spector
LOS ANGELES — The Occidental women's golf team received its highest ranking in program history in the latest WGCA National Poll on Monday.
Oxy is currently tied for No. 34 in the country with the College of Saint Benedict.
"Our team has done very well this Fall. Being ranked No. 34 in the nation is a great accomplishment - but we can play event better," Oxy head coach Will Morris said.
Oxy has already set and re-set its program low for scoring this Fall.
"We have had great team leadership from our senior co-captains Samantha Rocha and Katy Uchiyama," Morris said. " I give them credit for not only being excellent golfers, but helping as leaders and building our team chemistry."
Already through the first month of play, the Tigers have made some noise. In the beginning of September Anna Lundquist shot 3-over par 75 in a win against Marymount and as a team broke the scoring record with a combined total of 313.
In the middle of the month the Tigers finished in eighth at the California State Intercollegiate. First year player Anna Kim led the Tigers in the competition shooting an opening round 73 and finishing the competition with a 77 for a score of 150. She finished in 10th place in a field with 62 competitors.
In their latest competition this past weekend, the Tigers fell to Chapman. Oxy lost the match by two strokes, as a team they hit a collective 320, but sophomores Anna Lundquist and Isabel Ruiz hit 79 on the course and were co-medalists.
The Tigers were not the only SCIAC team represented in the poll. Defending national champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is currently ranked no. 9 Pomona Pitzer is No. 11, Redlands is No. 14 and Cal Lutheran is No. 31.
As the Tigers finish fall play, they get ready for what will be an exciting spring season.
"We need to continue our growth and not be satisfied with our accomplishments," Morris said. "We have raised our game to a new level. All the credit goes to the players and their hard work and focus."